Priscilla Gorilla – Barbara Bottner, Illustrated by Michael Emberley


          Priscilla Gorilla – Barbara Bottner, Illustrated by Michael Emberley, Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 9781481458979, 2017

Format: Hardcover,

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5

Genre:  Children’s Picture Book

What did you like about the book? The story creatively walks a fine line between encouraging Priscilla’s creative free expression  and passion for gorillas but balances it  with rules for appropriate social interaction in her classroom and with her  teacher Mr. Todd. Eventually Priscilla remembers that gorillas are social animals that get along with others, and she adjusts her behavior to match. It was a charming empowering girl tale, with realistic parents and teacher Mr. Todd delivering great punch lines in this  comical story. The artwork was so engaging and expressive that the gorillas leapt and danced off the pages.

Anything you didn’t like about it? No

To whom would you recommend this book?  Primate lovers, naturalists and children that love animals.

Who should buy this book? Elementary School librarians, gift shops at any zoo.

Where would you shelve it ? Children’s picture book

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State:Diane Neylon, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA 

Date of review: 4/28/17

 

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